School of Liberal Arts
She may have hung up her pompoms -- at least for now -- but IUPUI freshman Robyn Johnson still has plenty to cheer about.
Robyn, one of two National Merit Scholars to join the IUPUI student body this year, is a freshman in the IU School of Liberal Arts, double-majoring in political science and Spanish. She is also one of this year's class of Bepko Scholars, which provides talented students with programs in service learning and civic engagement, along with supplemental programming that includes study-abroad opportunities and internships.
The service part of her Bepko Scholarship comes easily to the graduate of Mount Vernon High School in Hancock County, just east of Indianapolis. She tutors IUPUI students in Spanish and volunteers as a cheer coach for young girls in Indianapolis, combining her passions for volunteerism and the sport of cheerleading. While still in high school, she served as a tutor for Mount Vernon students taking English as a second language and spent the summer before starting at IUPUI volunteering with a local cheerleading program.
Robyn, who competed on the 2005 Ultra Stars National Championship Cheerleading Squad, is chasing a career in international law, which would combine her chosen field with yet another passion for the effervescent freshman: international travel. She's well prepared for her future travels, since she has studied Spanish, French and Italian, and hopes to get a jump-start on her travel plans beginning next summer with IUPUI's study-abroad trip to Salamanca, Spain.